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Heath Ledger, who won widespread acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his role in last year's Brokeback Mountain, will be swapping the cowboy boots and Western charm for whiteface and an evil grin. The Aussie star will be Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker, in the latest Batman picture.

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The sequel to last year's Batman Begins will be titled The Dark Knight, and is slated to go into production early next year, Warner Brothers announced.

In addition to Ledger, the film will reportedly feature the return of last year's caped crusader, Christian Bale, as superhero Bruce Wayne. Michael Caine is also scheduled to return as Alfred the butler, and Gary Oldman will be coming back as Lt. James Gordon.

Internet speculation has run rampant over the past year as to what director Christopher Nolan has in store for the follow up his first Batman, which was considered by many critics to be the best of the Batman films to date.

In addition to the Joker, there could be another casting announcement on the horizon. One Batman fan site reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman, who beat out Ledger for Best Actor last year with his performance in Capote, may be in talks to play the Penguin.

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In the wake of Father's Day, Life & Style saw fit to pay tribute to the most underappreciated of roles: the famous father. Herewith is a list of those the publication considered worth recognizing (a write-in campaign for Kevin Federline is underway):

Brad Pitt, the new dad - How many men go from no kids to three in one year? While holding on to his boyish charm?

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Chris Martin, rocker dad - Married to Gwyneth Paltrow and father to two-year-old Apple and two-month-old Moses, this musician tastefully juggles life at home and on the road.

Matthew Broderick, city dad - Hitched to former Sex & the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker, and a constant fixture on Broadway for years, Broderick shows three-year old James around NYC regularly.

Will Smith, funny dad - He wrote a song about one of his children and is always seen smiling brightly next to wife, Jada Pinkett. Five-year old daughter, Willow, will appear on screen with Smith shortly.

David Arquette, wacky dad - He frightens us sometimes, too, but Courtney Cox-Arquette doesn't seem to mind his antics; not does little Coco Riley.

Ryan Phillippe, Mr. Mom - Just try to track down this actor without daughter, Ava, and son, Deacon, by his side. And that gorgeous woman next to him is Oscar-winning wife, Reese Witherspoon.

Guy Richie, spiritual dad - His wife is a busy woman, leaving Guy often in charge of stepdaughter, 9-year-old Lourdes, and son, 5-year-old Rocco.

Heath Ledger, hipster dad - The ultimate bohemian, Heath has taken time off to remain close to seven-month old daughter, Matilda Rose. He also dote on fiance, Michelle Williams.

Ben Affleck, working dad - While shooting his directorial debut in Boston, Ben keeps wife Jennifer Garner, and newborn daughter, Violet Anne, close at all times.

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How times change. The Best Kiss Award at this year's MTV Movie Awards went to Jake Gyllenhaal… and Heath Ledger.

The two co-starred in last year's Brokeback Mountain, the acclaimed film centered around two young men who meet and fall in love in Wyoming in 1963, and endure an emotional, complex relationship over the next two decades. Both actors received Oscar nominations.

Heath Ledger with Jake Gyllenhaal

"This is a real honor, not just for me and Heath but for all of you, that you picked this movie and this kiss over all the other ones," Gyllenhaal said.

Both Ledger and Gyllenhaal have stated that while they did not fear taking on such challenging roles, the intimate scenes in the beginning of the movie were difficult to do. Ang Lee, who went on to win the Academy Award for Best Director this past winter, similarly found the scenes difficult to shoot, and has frequently praised the two actors' courage.

Interestingly, Ledger began dating his on-screen wife, Michelle Williams, during the filming of Brokeback Mountain. The two now have a child together. While denying rumors that he is bisexual, Gyllenhaal nonetheless says he regards it as flattering. Rumor has it that Jake has split with on-again, off-again love and has started dating Natalie Portman.

In winning Best Kiss, Heath and Jake beat out Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (in Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and Rosario Dawson and Clive Owen (Sin City), among others. Brangelina didn't go home empty-handed, though ��" they took home the award for Best Fight. Actually, since they were in Namibia, they did not actually take home anything. They weren't at the award show. Forget it.

The night's ultimate big winner was Wedding Crashers, which won Best Picture and numerous other honors. Congrats to Vince Vaughn and that shaggy, blonde co-star of his.

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